GPS to track violent offenders

VIOLENT offenders could be forced to wear GPS bracelets that track their every move,as part of a Parliamentary review into domestic violence.

Community Services Minister Pru Goward has tasked an upper house committee to prepare a special inquiry into domestic violence trends in NSW.

The inquiry is investigating various strategies on how to reduce the number of Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders being breached,including the use of GPS bracelets and tougher penalties.

Ankle monitors and GPS tracking have been used by courts overseas for years and earlier this month Queensland’s Department of Corrections announced they will soon be rolling them out for high-risk sex offenders on parole.

The committee will also prepare a report into early intervention strategies to put a stop to domestic violence along with reasons behind the growing number of women being charged with domestic violence.

The inquiry is canvassing domestic violence support groups and victims’ groups.

Committee’s chair,Nationals MP Niall Blair said GPS bracelets for offenders was one of a range of suggestions put to the committee by Ms Goward’s office.

The committee will continue to take submissions from interested organisations and individuals until Friday,September 16 before presenting the report.

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